Updated: May 14
Surfaces: woodchips, rubber.
Equipment by Earthscape.
Re-opened in July 2017 after much anticipation, the playground at Grange Park is easily one of the best in the city.
The equipment alone will make your kids fall in love with it. The climbing structures are towering, geometric monoliths that complement the quirky architecture of the AGO and OCAD, which border the park to the north and east.
If you get a bit uneasy watching your child climbing, you might want to give this one a miss; the rope bridge especially will make you nervous. But the increased risk is worth the reward, at least in my opinion. And realistically, the risk here isn’t huge…besides, there are multiple hospitals nearby, so in the case of a serious fall, your beloved child is only a short (although probably painful) piggy-back ride away from medical attention.
Easily accessible by TTC, surrounded by cultural attractions and tourist spots on one of the nicest green spaces downtown…you really can’t do much better than this. If you’ve got friends coming from out of town, take them to the AGO, and then reward their kids for their impeccable art gallery behaviour with a play at Grange Park. It’s awesome.